Gallowglass noun. a soldier, originating in the Western Isles of Scotland, armed retainer of a chief in ancient Ireland and other Celtic countries.

[Gaelic - gallόglach, pl. gallόglaich, gall meaning foreigner, όglach meaning youth, servant or warrior]

Around 1250 the ‘gallόglaich’ left the Western Isles of Scotland to seek glory and fortune in strife torn Ireland.  Without the protection of these ‘gallόglaich’, no Irish chief could hope to stay in power.  In war, they formed his elite vanguard; in peace, they acted as his bodyguards and enforcers of his will.

Times have changed but, certain values are timeless, since 1999 we have sought to apply the very best of the Gallowglass values of leadership, strength, courage, presence and loyalty together with dedication to service in our approach to business.


These core values together with the progressive approach of Gallowglass Security continue to drive our growth so that we have a presence throughout all parts of the UK and are set to expand into Europe.

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Choosing a supplier to handle your security needs is primarily based on trust and performance. On top of this comes the assurance that our quality management systems and health and safety credentials have all been externally and independently validated, and that we possess suitable levels of insurance cover.


Gallowglass Security Partners LLP(incorporating Gallowglass Security Limited) has secured BS EN ISO 9001:2015 and BS EN ISO 14001:2015 certification from CCAS, a UKAS approved assessment body. The scope of our ISO 9001 certification covers man guarding, door supervision, key holding and mobile response, and property caretaking services; as well as approving our approach to security screening pursuant to BS 7858:2012

Our ISO 14001 certification has been calibrated to ensure that our business operations minimise a negative impact on the environment and complies with all applicable environmental regulations; together with implementation of a goal orientated culture of measurable self-improvement.


Gallowglass Security Partners LLP (incorporating Gallowglass Security Limited) holds SIA approved contractor status for the provision of door supervision, security guarding and key holding services. The ACS standard encompasses all aspects of the security providers operation. It takes a holistic view of how well an organisation is managed and approved organisation must demonstrate to an independent assessor, on an annual basis, that it has met defined standards.


As members of Alcumas SafeContractor (SAFE) and The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS), Gallowglass Security are wholly dedicated to the health and safety of our employees, our clients and their guests or property.


We possess full indemnity cover for all our activity, including £10,000,000 worth of employers and public liability indemnity cover, together with £5,000,000 of professional indemnity insurance

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